A former Navy contractor, jailed six years ago for a kickback scheme to defraud Navy Sea System Command, was convicted Friday in Virginia on charges of conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography and coercion and enticement of a 15-year-old child he lured onto his boat. The child’s mother, who he paid for access to her daughter and recruited other young girls, was also convicted of producing child porn.
In 2014, William Wellington Hooper, 53, was sent to prison on charges stemming from accepting $72,000 in kickbacks from a military contractor, Harry S. Rahn, who also went to prison. They defrauded Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) and Hooper was sentenced to 13 months in prison and a $3,000 fine, according to the Virginia Pilot.
Hooper’s current case caught the attention of the Department of Justice as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
The case was reminiscent of Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuses as his victims were also poor, underage women who were lured in by the intrigue of money and the idea of modeling and rubbing elbows with the elite.
Hooper was arrested in 2019 after he asked an underage employee on his yacht to take pornographic photos in exchange for money, Channel 10 WAVY reported.
The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said Monday that Jennifer Mae Hutchens, the girl’s mother, “recruited other minor girls to participate in what Hooper called ‘teen modeling,’” according to Virginia’s Daily Press.
The girl was being paid $60 initially for each nude photo but complained that it wasn’t enough so Hooper coerced her into coming to the yacht to ‘clean’ it. That is when Hooper again coerced the young teen to take live nude photos and paid her $50 to engage in oral sex with him.
Hooper knew the girl needed money for a school trip in the summertime, the documents say.
Similar to the role that Ghislaine Maxwell is alleged to have played with Epstein, Hutchens, the child’s mother, told investigators she was in a dominant-submissive relationship with Hooper, and that he wanted to train the girl to be submissive as well, according to court documents.
In a text message on May 4, 2019, Hooper told Hutchens to “be successful tomorrow and find us some new trainees. Once you find them, put me in touch with them or bring them to your place for photos,” according to a court transcript.
Hutchens also accepted money to remain quiet about the activities.
According to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, “Hutchens, at the request of Hooper, recruited other minor girls to participate in what Hooper called ’teen modeling.’
Upon investigation of the yacht, authorities also found a cache of pornographic material, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“He promised these children, whose families were struggling financially, that they would be compensated,” federal officials said of the underage child porn found on the yacht.
Hooper is scheduled to be sentenced in February 2021, while Hutchens will be sentenced in October.